Join the Freedom Center's New Campaign to Challenge the One-Party Classroom · 14 September 2010

By Sara Dogan
Filed under: News

As students return to campus for the Fall semester, the David Horowitz Freedom Center is launching a groundbreaking new initiative to demand the inclusion of conservative and dissenting viewpoints in the academic curriculum. And we hope you'll be a part of it.


The historic 1915 Declaration of the American Association of University Professors on the Principles on Academic Freedom and Academic Tenure states explicitly that instructors are obligated to present students with multiple perspectives on controversial issues:
 
The university teacher, in giving instruction upon controversial matters ...should...set forth justly, without suppression or innuendo, the divergent opinions of other investigators;..and he should, above all, remember that his business is not to provide his students with ready-made conclusions, but to train them to think for themselves, and to provide them access to those materials which they need if they are to think intelligently.
 


This declaration would likely come as a surprise to students in university classrooms today, who are regularly forced to sit through their professors' leftist diatribes and often complete a four-year liberal arts education without ever being assigned a book written by a conservative. It is for these reasons that the Freedom Center is launching an "Adopt A Dissenting Book" campaign to demand that college professors and administrators act to protect students' academic freedom and ensure that students are provided with books and materials in the classroom that dissent from the current left-wing academic orthodoxy.


To make this happen, we are working with students at schools all around the country to identify courses where the teaching and reading lists are one-sided to encourage those professors to "adopt" or include dissenting books and viewpoints in their courses. If a professor refuses to make changes to a course that is clearly one-sided, we will work with students to make a public example of those professors who refuse to abide by the principles of academic freedom.


Participating in the Adopt a Dissenting Book Campaign is simple, and need not be time-consuming if your organization has other activities planned for the Fall semester.


Just take a look at the reading lists for the courses you are taking this Fall and ask your members to do the same. If you have time, take a look at reading lists for classes in departments that are known for being biased, such as Sociology, Women's Studies, Political Science, etc. If a professor assigns only authors and readings on one side of controversial issues, then please forward the syllabus to us and ask the professor if he or she will assign dissenting books or articles as well. We have compiled a list of over 150 dissenting books and authors which are arranged by academic subject to serve as a starting point for your suggestions, and we are happy to assist with further recommendations.


If the professor refuses to include conservative or dissenting views in the classroom, we will publish the course reading list on our website as an example of classroom indoctrination, and you can distribute a list of such classes to students on your campus.  Campus administrators regularly deny the existence of one-sided teaching, so documenting even a few examples of the One-Party Classroom can be a huge aid in pushing for change.


We have also drafted a Petition to Adopt a Dissenting Book which you can distribute to students on your campus for signatures and then present to your campus administration. You can read the petition and sign it online on our website at www.freedomcenterstudents.org.


It is important to clarify that we are not asking professors to remove any books or opinions from their courses. We are merely trying to ensure that a diversity of views are represented by adding additional books or literature to a course where they are found to be lacking.

Far too many professors think nothing of indoctrinating students with their own left-wing ideology without providing them the materials they need to form their own opinions and think for themselves. The Adopt a Dissenting Book Project will make sure that they no longer get away with it. 

To bring the Adopt a Dissenting Book Project to your campus, please contact Jeffrey Wienir at 818-849-3470, ext. 206 or at Jeffrey@horowitzfreedomcenter.org.